NSW storm into semis
T&T in semis after another solid show
Sutil starts 3rd in Brazilian GP
English Premier League
Hyderabad, October 18
Clark (3/15) and his bowling colleagues first restricted Somerset to an unflattering 111 for seven and Warner (40 off 16 balls) then came down hard on the English side as NSW cruised to 112 in 11.5 overs, losing four wickets and recording a thumping victory that earned them a semifinal berth.
Chasing the modest target, the Australian team was off to a flying start with Warner cracking six boundaries and two huge sixers during his brief stay as the first five overs yielded 57 runs.
NSW suffered the first loss when Warner, who started on an attacking note by hitting two fours off Charl Willoughby (1/30) in the opening over, fell to Omari Banks (1/28) in the fifth over.
Warner took 14 runs from the first three deliveries off Banks with the help of one six and two consecutive fours but the bowler retaliated soon when Warner's ambitious shot found Jos Buttler at long-off.
Medium pacer Zander de Bruyn then removed Philip Hughes and Daniel Smith with successive deliveries in the ninth over to complicate matters as NSW reached 86 for three wickets. However, skipper Simon Katich (18 off 11), who cracked four boundaries, stood there to complete the formalities.
Earlier, Katich won the toss and elected to field and Somerset's run-rate never really soared with Clark and Lee , making life difficult for them. — PTI
Kieswetter c Katich b Clark 13 (19)
Langer c Hauritz b Clark 5 (11)
Suppiah run out 8 (8)
Hildreth c Bollinger b Clark 6 (6)
Trego c Hughes b Hauritz 3 (7)
de Bruyn b Henriques 23 (32)
Banks b Lee 15 (18)
Durston not out 20 (13)
Buttler not out 6 (8)
Extras (lb 4, w 6, nb 2) 12
Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 111
Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-24, 3-39, 4-39, 5-44, 6-81, 7-85.
Bowling: Lee 4-0-15-1, Bollinger 4-0-33-0, Clark 4-0-15-3, Henriques 3-0-20-1, Hauritz 3-0-14-1, S Smith 2-0-10-0.
New South Wales:
Warner c Buttler b Banks 40 (16)
Hughes c Durston b de Bruyn 18 (22)
D Smith c Suppiah b de Bruyn 20 (12)
Katich not out 18 (11)
Henriques c Kieswetter b Willoughby 8 (5)
S Smith not out 5 (6)
Extras (lb 1, w 1, nb 1) 3
Total (4 wickets; 11.5 overs) 112
Fall of wickets: 1-56, 2-78, 3-78, 4-88.
Bowling: Willoughby 3-0-30-1, Thomas 3.5-1-19-0, Banks 2-0-28-1, Trego 1-0-15-0, de Bruyn 2-0-19-2.
Hyderabad, October 18
Barath, playing his first match of the tournament, almost batted through the innings and shared two solid partnerships with William Perkins (35) and Lendl Simmons (40) to set up the stage for an exciting finish after opting to bat. Navin Stewart (33 off 11) and Kieron Pollard (23) provided the late firework as the good work done at the top was carried on by the middle-order.
Needing 16.5 runs per over, the South African side made an audacious start by extracting 72 runs in the first five overs, but the task was just too tough to manage. Rilee Rossouw hit a scintillating 44 off just 19 balls and the following batsmen too fought their heart out but Eagles ultimately could manage 189 for five in 20 overs.
Morne van Wyk (25), Boeta Dippenaar (33) and Dillon du Preez (35) batted beautifully in their aggressive knocks but their effort proved insufficient to demolish the target. New South Wales Blues had qualified from League A early in the day after beating Somerset by six wickets. — PTI
Trinidad & Tobago 213 for 4 (Barath 63, Simmons 40)
Eagles 189 for 5 (Rossouw 44)
Sao Paulo, October 18
The Italian, who had actually qualified 15th, was taken to the medical center for precautionary checks but was uninjured in the accident. His VJM02 sustained significant damage in the impact and will require a new gearbox, effectively dropping him five places on to 20th in the starting grid. The dramatic Q3 ended with Brawn's Rubens Barrichello's 1m 19.576s beating Mark Webber's 1m 19.668s and Sutil's 1m 19.912s.
Force India chairman Vijay Mallya said Sutil had once again proved the team's enhanced status, while Liuzzi was unfortunate to catch the puddle. "Liuzzi was unlucky to have aquaplane on main straight but Sutil's third place proves we are a front-running team now," Mallya told PTI.
The dramatic qualifying session featured several stoppages and delays because of rain but Sutil proved his dexterity in such condition and would start the race from the second row. “Being in the top three is always a great feeling, particularly after such a difficult session,” Sutil said. — PTI
Sunderland, October 18
With history already against them - no side has recovered from losing three of their first eight games and still won the Premier League - the Merseysiders arrived at the Stadium of Light Saturday with the further handicap of losing talismen Fernando Torres and Steve Gerrard to injuries sustained on international duty.
But it was a bright red beach ball that proved their downfall on Wearside. When bubbly Sunderland swept forward in the fifth minute, Andy Reid's cross from the right was helped on by Steed Malbranque into the path of Darren Bent.
The Black Cats top scorer struck a low right-foot shot that arrowed towards a beach ball in the box and when Glen Johnson's foot knocked it away, goalkeeper Pepe Reina took his eye off the ball that mattered, which flashed past him to spark wild celebrations among Sunderland fans.
Reid had sent a presentable chance over the bar after less than two minutes and Bent might have done better with a couple of headers during a sizzling first-half in front of a sell-out 47,327 crowd.
Liverpool remained a threat throughout, however, with 20-year-old midfielder Jay Spearing arriving on the edge of the area to get efforts at goal. Sunderland's goal led a charmed life in the 12th minute as George McCartney's slip allowed Johnson to cross low from the right, but neither Spearing nor Ryan Babel could finish.
Babel speared a drive a yard or so over and Fabio Aurelio was wide from 25 yards from a free-kick.
On the half-hour it took a crucial last-ditch tackle from Phil Bardsley to prevent Johnson shooting from only eight yards, but Liverpool were thankful Bent's finishing was not as sharp as it has been this season when he headed straight at Reina.
With a lead to defend going into the second-half and Liverpool continuing to press, there was a danger of Bruce's side resorting to 'anywhere will do' defending, with clearances pumped into spaces rather that towards front men Bent and Kenwyne Jones.
But Sunderland were so close to adding a second 10 minutes after the interval when Lee Cattermole robbed Spearing and Jones sent Bent into the box, only for Reina to make a great stop. — AFP
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